36 Oil Paintings by Chinese American Artist Huihan Liu


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Huihan Liu

A master signature member of the Oil Painters of America, a master signature member of American Impressionist Society and an artist signature member of California art Club, Huihan Liu was trained in the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art in China in 1972 with a BA and MFA from the Academy of Art College of San Francisco in 1989. With more than twenty years of his professional career as an illustrator, teacher, and painter, he won Best of Show Award in the Oil Painters of American Regional Exhibition in 1996. Huihan Liu was featured in Art of the West magazine in 1998, 2003, and 2005; in The Artist’ Magazine in April 1999; and in Southwest Art in April 2000.

Huihan Liu, b. 1952, Guangzhou, China. Huihan Liu, who trained in China from 1972 to 1975 at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art, also graduated with a Bachelor’s degree and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Academy of Art College of San Francisco in 1989. According to him, his strongest influences during his studies in China were the 19th-century Western painters. He says Russian painter Ilya Repin’s paintings of peasants were representative of this influence by the group of artists known as the “Wanderers”.

Liu, who also has done paintings of Tibetan people and their lifestyles, says he fell in love with the buildings, colors, and landscapes of New Mexico after moving to America. He has been to the state three times, and it was there he went to an American Indian pow-wow with his wife that, in his words, “touched my heart.” “I loved the costumes and the kids, “ Huihan said. “I got my ideas (for my paintings) there. “Some of the same patterns he found in Tibetan life also drew him to paint American Indian scenes, he says.

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Born in Guangzhou, China in 1952, Huihan completed his formal art training at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art with a BFA in 1975. There, he instructed from 1979-1987. Huihan was a candidate and was accepted by the Graduate School of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art in 1985. He went to the United States of America to further his study in 1987 and graduated from the Academy of Art College in San Francisco with an MFA in 1993.

Huihan’s art is influenced by 19th academic of French and Russian school which was brought to China art school in the 50s。He gave highly regard for the group of Naturalists who has academic tradition but portrayal of scenes from ordinary life in the late 19c。Those inspiration took him to many trips in different region in the world. He wants the painting as culture bridge to connect the people; to share the joyful moment and the compassion with others.

Huihan’s painting can be considered impressionistic realism, combination of primary field study and reference, focus on compositional arrangement; color design, accurate detail; spontaneously brushstrokes and texture. In his figure painting, he pays closed attention on the characteristic people, gesture and atmosphere in suggesting meaning underneath of the piece.

When he was in China, he had been participated many show exhibition both in regional and national. Since Huihan moved to the United States, he has been participating in many national shows and invitational exhibitions. His paintings have won many awards such as “Best of Show in Painting-John Scott People’s Choice Award,” in Western Rendezvous of Art; “Gold Medal for Best Painting”, in California Art Club’s 92nd Annual Juried Exhibition; Gold Medal for the Master Signature Division at the Oil Painters of America Western Regional Show; Members’ Choice Award for The Master Signature Division in Oil painters of America National Exhibition. Huihan’s work was featured in articles by Art of The West magazine; Southwest Art magazine; The International Artists Magazine and The Artist’ Magazine

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